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The New York Times Spells Potatoe

The New York Times’s Andrew Newman closes a little piece covering Dan Quayle’s Friday Wall Street Journal review of a golfing book by John Feinstein as follows: 

So when his book comes out in paperback, will there be a blurb on the back from Mr. Quayle’s review?

“Even thought there are quotable lines, I would probably urge my editors to stay away from that,” Mr. Feinstein said. “It’s Dan Quayle.”

Even thought?

Maybe if you’re going to use a Dan-Quayle-Is-Stupid joke as your kicker, you shouldn’t make a mistake like that — especially since it went through a writer, an editor, and at least two copy editors before going in the paper.